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Internet Matters June Newsletter 

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Welcome to our June newsletter.

Over the past month, we’ve raised awareness among parents of key online issues that affect children in their everyday life. We launched of our cyberbullying campaign #pledge2talk offering advice to parents on how to get involved in their child’s digital world.  We have also addressed issues of extremism in the wake of two attacks in the UK.

We have also been busy discussing long-term strategies for social media companies to help keep their kids safe online at the EMEA Child Safety Summit 2017.

 

Internet Mattters Launch Cyberbullying Campaign 

Our latest campaign was launched last month which aims to get parents talking about Cyberbullying using #pledge2talk.  The campaign started on May 21, with an eight-page pull-out in the Sunday Mirror which included advice, parents’ stories and expert comment.

We also released the results of a survey we had commissioned of 2000 parents surrounding cyberbullying.

Highlights from the research included 1 in 5 parents saying their child had received cruel comments online, that parents biggest concern was bullying over body image, and that  boys were being targeted by cyberbullies over their body image marginally more than girls.  The highlights can be seen here.

Addressing Topical Issues With Children 

In the midst of two shocking terror attacks, the world can seem like a bewildering and scary place for children as their online world is inundated with breaking news stories.

Although social media has proven very helpful in the wake of the attacks, it may also present a chance for children to see upsetting things, so internetmatters.org offers tips on starting conversations with children about what they may come across online.

We also offer advice on how to introduce safety controls to stop them from being exposed to age-inappropriate content. Parents can also visit our advice on preventing your child from accessing extreme material and advice on radicalisation here.

For comprehensive guides on how children should speak to their children about the emotional impact of terrorism visit Childline’s advice here.
 

Google And Facebook Child Safety Summit

Facebook and Google joined forces once again to host the EMEA Child Safety Summit 2017.
 
Internet Matters was invited to the two-day conference in Dublin where we joined academics, NGOs, charities, politicians and representatives from both Google and Facebook.
 
The two-day event focused on fighting CSAI, digital literacy projects, child safety tools, new products and more. We also heard progress reports and discussed developing new strategies to help keep children safe online.
 

Google Family Link
 

Google are piloting opening up their online services to kids under 13 with their latest tool Family Link.
 
The app, which is being piloted in the US, aims to allow parents to carefully manage content on their children’s devices.
 
It helps parents manage the apps children have access to, helps to control screen time, and can even set a device ‘bedtime’.
 
The child’s account is tied directly to their parent’s account, with granular controls allowing parents to set digital ground rules that work for the family.

 

#Statusofmind


A study by the Royal Society for Public Health last month warned of the health implications of social media.
 
The study reviewed the impact of different social media apps and which could be damaging to children’s mental health whilst recognising that they still positively contributed to self-expression and self-identity. It rated YouTube the most positive app followed by Twitter, and Facebook with Instagram rated as the least positive with regard to children’s mental health.
 
The #statusofmind survey of 1, 479 children served as a reminder to parents why they need to be vigilant about their children’s social media use.

Becky Inkster, Honorary Fellow of The University of Cambridge also urged health professionals to recognise the role of social media in children’s lives.
 
She said: “Young people sometimes feel more comfortable talking about personal issues online.”
 
“We must take every attempt to understand modern youth culture expressions, lexicons and terms to better connect with their thoughts and feelings.”
 

Parents Seek Advice On Sexting

 
Internet Matters ran their monthly poll to ask parents what issue they would like advice on and they asked our experts for guidance surrounding sexting.
 
Our online specialists Personal and Social Education Expert Dr Tamasine Preece, Policy Officer Charlotte Lynch and Associate Professor at The University of Suffolk Emma Bond addressed all aspects of the issue ranging from ‘Is sexting considered the norm?’ to ‘How should parents support their children if they are sexting?’
 
All of the expert advice can be found here.
 
 

Stand Up To Bullying Day Returns On Wed 21 June 2017


Along with schools and organisations across the UK  we will be showcasing how we are standing up to bullying. From reviewing school anti-bullying policies to running engaging anti-bullying sessions, you can join in this national day of action. 
 
Pledge to ‘Stand Up To Bullying’ by signing up on the website: www.standuptobullying.co.uk and also support on social media using the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.
 
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